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Chicago: A Grant Park Skyline Walk.

When in the big city, I’m always looking for that next skyline shot. Chicago is no exception. One my favorite places to go for a walk and capture the Windy City is from Grant Park. On my most recent walk through the park I hopped off Michigan Avenue onto E. Balboa Avenue. The skyline was already in plain site as I walked over the train tracks coming and going from Chicago Union Station.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Can you see the Sears, I mean Willis, Tower peeking out from behind?! 🙂

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

After crossing the bridge I turned and headed north on S. Columbus Drive.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

I started playing peekaboo with Willis Tower, as it was coming in-and-out of view along with the rest of the skyline from behind the trees.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Nothing like seeing a baseball field in summer right in the heart of a city.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

The taller trees soon became shorter opening things up. There you are Chicago. It was a cold winter and Spring in the Midwestern United States, but everything is green, in full bloom and beautiful now.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. Walking further along S. Columbus Drive. you’ll come up to Buckingham Fountain on your right (at E. Congress Parkway) which many will recognize from the title sequence of the television series Married with Children. The fountain marks the center of Grant Park and is one of the largest you’ll find anywhere, providing wide open panoramic skyline views.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

It’s time to lay down on the brick walkway, relax and soak in all the tall buildings.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

I went back to the peekaboo continuing north past Butler Field until I reached E. Monroe Street and Millennium Park. It was a short, but nice summer day stroll through Grant Park checking out the high-rises of Chi-town.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

Checkout my previous post, Chicago: The Agora Sculptures of Grant Park, for more Chicago skyline walking fun within Grant Park. You’ll see some pretty cool and interesting sculptures too.

What city parks have you walked in in your travels or around home that provide great skyline views?

Thinking Romance Walking the Lakeshore in Cleveland.

Every time I’m in Cleveland, usually once a season, I gravitate towards Edgewater Park which sits just west of downtown. This week was no exception. I made a stop there right before sunset on a cold, wintry day. Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, was there to greet me front and center. No land as far as the eye can see.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

The pier was closed, but makes for a great spot for hanging out, chasing pigeons and soaking in the views in the warmer months. More on this in a moment. 🙂

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

I slowly starting walking along the frozen lake, changing my view-point from due north to east. Two things were starting to come into view.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Straight ahead now was an open snowy path and the Cleveland skyline! I was out on the open trail towards downtown.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Due to the amount of snow in the Midwest this season I didn’t get very far as the snow pack was deep. That didn’t stop me from just standing there and taking the scenery in though.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

After a little bit it was getting closer to sunset so I turned to the west and was greeted with something beautiful.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Back to the pier, this park makes me smile even more, because it’s where I fell in love with the love of my life. A few years back we were in the initial dating stage, hanging out at the park. She was busy chasing some of the aforementioned pigeons off the pier. I was watching her in action and I thought to myself for the first time, “I am falling in love with this girl”. 🙂

Edgewater Park pier, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Now wonder I keep coming back here. It’s not all about travel and scenery at this spot along Lake Erie, but romance too. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Are there any memorable parks, trails or spots along the water that you have spent time in around home or in your travels?

Detroit: Two countries…two skylines…one shot…

Two countries… two skylines… one shot… from Detroit! Just drive the MacArthur Bridge from Jefferson Avenue onto Belle Isle Park. It’s an island park that sits in the middle of the Detroit River.

Upon entering on the main one way road that circles the park, you’ll head towards the southwest and you’ll see to the right the Detroit skyline. The tallest building is the GM Renaissance Center. There you have the United States.

Look towards the left from the same vantage point and you got the Windsor, Ontario skyline. The white building, Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, is what dominates. You have country number two, Canada!

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

At the tip you have nothing but the open water in front of you now too.

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

Just lay down on the grass and soak in the flowers and the view.

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

In all the photos, off in the distance is the Ambassador Bridge which connects the two cities and countries.

If your ever in Detroit or southwestern Ontario make sure to navigate to here. 🙂

Has anyone in their travels captured two skylines in one shot? What’s your favorite spot to just relax and chill with the open water in front of you?